Jimmy Kimmel takes jab at Donald Trump during Oscars opening monologue


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Jimmy Kimmel opened the 89th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday night with a well-received opening monologue that poked fun at President Trump, Meryl Streep, Mel Gibson and, of course, his arch-nemesis, Matt Damon.

The late-night host addressed "millions of Americans" and people in "225 countries that now hate us" in his opening. Kimmel noted that many people told him before his big hosting night that "it's time to bring everybody together" and that he should "say something to unite us," but he admitted that he doesn't think that's necessarily his job at the host of the Oscars.

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"I'm not the man to unite this country, but it can be done," he noted. "If every one of you took one minute to reach out to one person that you disagree with, [...] we could make America great again. We really could."

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Though most of his political commentary was rather vague, Kimmel wasn't afraid to address Donald Trump head-on.

"I want to say thank you to President Trump," he said with a sly smile. "Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist?"

Of course, Kimmel was alluding to the 2016 #OscarsSoWhite controversy that erupted after zero actors of color were nominated in the acting categories.

Another dig that he took at Trump? His direct address to Meryl Streep, who was celebrating her twentieth career Academy Award nomination on Sunday night for her role in "Florence Foster Jenkins." Streep, of course, was a direct target of hate from Trump after her scathing acceptance speech at January's Golden Globes.

"Meryl Streep has phoned it in for over 50 films over the course of her career," he said. "Please join me in giving Meryl Streep with a totally undeserving round of applause. Meryl Streep, everyone!"

Streep then stood up and faced the star-studded crowd as they immediately gave her raucous standing ovation.

"Nice dress, by the way!" he continued. "Is that an Ivanka?!"

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Kimmel didn't just throw some digs at Trump, though: He also threw out a few zingers to some other leading actors in Hollywood.

"There's only one 'Braveheart' in this room," Kimmel said about controversial figure, Mel Gibson. "And he's not going to unite us, either!"

Finally, the 49-year-old turned toward his enemy, Matt Damon.

"In the spirit of healing and bringing people together, I'd like to bury the hatchet with someone I've had issues with -- Matt Damon," he quipped. "We've had problems! He's a selfish person."

He then threw a jab at Damon for his "Chinese ponytail movie," the critically-panned "The Great Wall."

"That movie, 'The Great Wall,' went on to lose 80 million dollars," he made sure to point out.

Overall, Kimmel embraced the spotlight and pressure of being the host of the Oscars just as well as any of his predecessors have done in the past. He sprinkled in heavy political commentary, while also making sure to focus on what the night was really about, which was Hollywood and the incredible actors that were in the room with him at the Dolby Theatre.

"The President of the United States will tweet about [the Oscars] in all caps during his 5 a.m. bowel movements tomorrow," he finished his monologue.

Will he? We'll see!

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